Q: What percentage of student fees goes to athletics scholarships, coaches' salaries, staff salaries and other sport-related costs?
-- Craig Holland
Working with Cal State Bakersfield, we got as close an answer as we could by looking at a few budget documents.
We started by looking at a breakdown of where mandatory tuition and fee money from CSUB students goes. Those fees vary depending on the type of student (undergraduate, teacher credential seeker or a graduate student) and how many units each is taking.
The range of mandatory tuition and fees spans from $1,470 per quarter for undergrads taking up to 6.1 units to $2,658 for graduate students taking 6.1 units or more. Most CSUB students, though, are undergrads taking more than 6 units, and they pay $2,236 per quarter.
(Non-California residents pay an additional $248 per unit; students in the MBA program pay an additional $169 per unit).
For all students, $117 goes toward Associated Student Body fees and $53 toward instructional-related activities, the only categories that include money that goes toward sports.
Of the $117 ASB money, $14 goes to an Associated Students Inc. athletic fee and $78 toward an ASI Division 1 fee.
Of the $53 IRA fee, $15.30 goes to sports-related expenses, CSUB said.
So about $107 of mandatory tuition and fee money paid by each student is going to sports-related programs, according to the CSUB figures. For an in-state undergrad taking 6.1 units or more and paying $2,236 in mandatory tuition and fees each quarter, that's about 4.8 percent of the total. ($107 divided by $2,236). For an in-state graduate student taking 6.1 units or more and paying $2,658 per quarter in tuition and fees, it's about 4 percent.
Q: Are there any plans to change the configuration and signal at the corner of Commercial Way and Truxtun Avenue?
I do not feel safe at that signal because you are not protected as you turn left and leave the concrete divider and try to move across the lanes to Mohawk Drive.
Also, I believe that corner is the only exit out of that area, so a regular intersection might speed the exit of cars in an emergency.
-- Asked not to be named
A: Ted Wright, city of Bakersfield program manager for the Thomas Roads Improvement Program, said:
There are currently no plans to alter the configuration of the Commercial Way/Truxtun Avenue intersection or traffic signal. However, once the Westside Parkway opens later this summer, the operation of this intersection and the merge into Truxtun Avenue traffic from the left-turning Commercial Way traffic will be monitored by the city's traffic division.
Adjustments to the timing for this traffic signal may be performed to improve operations. But with the opening of the Westside Parkway, it is anticipated that Truxtun Avenue traffic in this area will decrease, which should help the operation of both this intersection as well as the merge into Truxtun Avenue traffic.
Q: Why do we have two ballots? One for the 16th District state Senate race and one for the Bakersfield City Council Ward 1 race? Why not combine the two?
Also, if Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez loses the state Senate election, will she retain her supervisor's seat or join the unemployment line?
-- J. N. Wiedeman
A: We took this first question and answered it in a story published Sunday, but for those who missed it, here's the explanation:
The deadline to move the council election to a different date passed on the same day Gov. Jerry Brown announced the state Senate primary and general election dates.
There wasn't enough time -- the announcement came just hours before the end of that Friday -- to merge the council election with the state Senate primary election, according to Kern County elections chief Karen Rhea.
As for the second question, if Perez does not win the Senate seat this year, she will retain her supervisor's seat until the end of 2016. If Perez does win, Brown will appoint a replacement to the Board of Supervisors.
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